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Josef Gitschthaler584Kaufrausch, Konsumzwang oder Besinnliche WeihnachtenShopping frenzy, pressure to consume or  thoughtful ChristmasBesinnliche Weihnachten / thoughtful Christmas2013-12-22 19:00:0047 
Slooh129,569Slooh Space Camera to Broadcast Annular Solar Eclipse with Ring of Fire live from AustraliaSlooh Space Camera will broadcast a free, real-time view of the Annular Solar Eclipse from Australia.  Viewers can capture a first look of the eclipse on Slooh.com, Thursday, May 9th starting at 2:30 PM PDT / 5:30 PM EDT / 21:30 UTC as the Moon’s shadow begins its journey over Australia on its way to eastern Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Gilbert Islands, and finally over the Pacific Ocean. Viewers can watch live on their PC/MAC or by downloading the free Slooh iPad app in the iTunes store and touching the broadcast icon.The Slooh broadcast team, along with Bob Berman, author of numerous astronomy books, and contributing editor and monthly columnist for Astronomy magazine, will provide live commentary. As a special treat, Slooh will broadcast an additional feed of the Sun from the Prescott Solar Observatory, a fantastic facility located in Arizona - giving viewers a unique look of the Sun from the other side of the world.Download the free Slooh iPad App: www.appstore.com/sloohSlooh Annular Eclipse Video: http://youtu.be/_MZQRFIxJiY#solareclipse   #ringoffire   #eclipse   #annulareclipse   #sun   #moon   #lunar   #slooh   #hangoutsonair  Slooh's Coverage of Annular Solar Eclipse2013-05-09 23:30:00359 

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steph wanamaker111,805#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle 2015-01-23 18:05:3322022020
Circles Circles Circles49,036SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS: http://goo.gl/fVX5bZPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/GNkGJhPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/s9RkeEMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/W8VDbBPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD: http://goo.gl/5mr38oOthers CirclesCREATIVES: http://goo.gl/9c5A3XSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/4UAeINTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/whvLzNG+ Pages: http://goo.gl/jNZdWf#circleshare   2015-01-22 16:19:121067218
Bettina M.671This circle contains wounderful people who really are interesting and active on Google+.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!My favorite Communities:Canary and friendsMoments of Art#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #news #update #birds 2015-01-21 20:14:12413000
steph wanamaker111,441#followfriday  Here is my awesome  men who comment circle 2015-01-16 16:20:1121957458
Gailen Mapes75,138Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera S - 11 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-01-11 12:18:06173000
Review Car Models0BEST CIRCLE 10 JANUARY 2015------------------------------------------------                BEST Circle Share By Review Car Models                          New Year Share and Be Shared                    If you want to be shared in this circle                          Boost your visibility on Google+                 Watch entertainment video                    FULL Car Models                                   Car PICTURE                2015 Car VIDEO                   Share the circle! GET MORE QUICKLY CIRCLE AND FOLLOWER ON GOOGLE+HERE'S OF MY SHARED PUBLIC CIRCLE------------------------------------------------Hope that you have been having a great week on Google+. Thank you for sharing and promoting this and for connecting up with all the great accounts I have included. Great With This Cilcle!!,Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 Include me in your circles2 Click add people and create your circle3 +1 this circle4 Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. ( dont forget share the circle and include yourself )5 If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above (I say "if possible" as my circle comments more often than not hit the 500 comment limit).6  So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. You'll know if you're sharing the original one because you won't see "Jason Levy originally shared" above here. If you do see it, click on "originally shared" and it will bring you to this post.-------------------------------------------------FOLLOW ME TO GET MORE CIRCLE AND FOLLOWER HERE http://goo.gl/k1HNfE-------------------------------------------------    #Automotive    #Cars    #Ford    #BMW    #Toyota    #Audi    #Ferrari    #Vehicle    #Honda    #UsedCars    #Auto    #AutoRepair    #Lamborghini    #Chevrolet    #Driving    #ClassicCars    #Nissan    #CES2015    2015-01-09 21:41:24500000
Frank Gainsford53,086A circle of people who either post or share stuff that is about science 2015-01-09 10:11:40339000
Ryan Johnson22,911This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare  #sri_lanka #colombo #australia #adelaide #australia #cairns #australia #darwin #australia #hobart #new_zealand #auckland #new_zealand #wellington #papua_new_guinea #papua_new_guinea #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday 2015-01-09 09:58:40478114
Dirk Müller20,299Circle, circle in the stream, who are my most engagers these daysThis is a circle to say thank you. Thank you to all of you who commented or shared my work. You all are awesome and make Google Plus such a nice place to share my pictures.If you would like to be a part of my Most Engaged Circle you mustn't plus this post, comment it or share it (but you can) To be a part of the next circle you just have to interact with me by commenting or sharing my work. Not more ;-)#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #topengagers #awesomepeople2015-01-09 09:00:1549910118
John Cleese9,799Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!#circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples #ripplescircle #circuloscompartidos #circulocompartido #cerchiacondivisa #cerchia #bestengagers #chiudiilcerchio #closethecircle #shared4shared #thebigcommunity #kingcircle #topcircleshare #Science #Research #Technology #NASA #Space #Innova2015-01-08 12:52:184945711
Jan Havrda44,066*Zombie Attack!*Grab this circle in case of the emergency. This is an essential group of people you need for a fight with bloody enemies of any kind. Even immortals.This is *Not-A-Zombie* circle made of meatpopsicles. #NotAZombieCircle   #NotAZombie   #Circle   #Not   #A   #Zombie  2014-12-27 23:35:09406611690
John Hannah8,729Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #Ohio  #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle  #circleoftheday  #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle  #socialmedia #SEO #socialmediamarketing #wisata #WisataIndonesia #Travel #IndonesiaOnly #Liburan #TOUR #Indonesia #Bali #WisataBandung #Paket #Pulau #FotoKita #PROMO #Pantai #Jogja #Bandung #Yogyakarta #WisataLombok #BOGOR #Jakarta 2014-12-26 10:57:45494222
Cableicous3,424Thanks for all teh cablezThanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for the 16th circle of #Cableicous  contributors.And a new cirlce begins...#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2014 #cableriacirculus2014-12-26 01:16:0199000
Alessandro Folghera55,894TOP VIP SEO Circle #TopSEOSharedCircle #sharedcircle #SEO  #SEOMonsters  #SEOMasters #SearchEngineOptimization  Join me on:Linkedin : http://it.linkedin.com/pub/dir/alessandro/folgheraTwitter : https://twitter.com/folgheraFacebook : https://www.facebook.com/afolgheraFoursquare : https://it.foursquare.com/folgheraPinterest : http://www.pinterest.com/folghera/Instagram : http://instagram.com/folghera/To be included in my weekly share, just:1 - Engage me2 - do +1 t the post3 - comment the post and give me the category you would prefer to belong (marketing, seo, photography, fashion ...)4 - include the circle among your circles5 - share the circle (include yourself)#SEO   #circleoftheday   #myseoissocial #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday   #afo   #folghera         #sharewithyou        #circlefriday   #circlethursday  #followme     #followers #followback 2014-12-21 08:43:39501251935
Doris Scott284#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:58:08500639
steph wanamaker110,672this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-12-12 18:57:5221130025
Gailen Mapes73,436Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera S - 11 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to December 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting November 7th.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-12-11 11:51:41177229
Serkan Mutan3,573"My Special Circle" 1. Add me to your circles ,if you haven’t done already2. Plus & share this circle in public3. Leave a comment ! warm regards....*☆´¨)  . ¸.•´ ¸.•*´¨) Special Circle (.¸.•´ (¸.•`☆*+Abdul Rahman Mohammed +Aheste Beste +Allan Raymundo +Andrew Smith +angelic labru +Adevarata Romanca +Ahmet Bogush +Andreas Bradtke +Andrey Bogdanov +Angelika Wicke +Bernd Flicker +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Artem Kashkovskiy +Basia Schwartz +Beena Limaye +Bernd Hau +Birgit Backlund-Palander +Cyrelle K. +2014-12-07 21:03:46417457
steph wanamaker110,550#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle! hoop em up and your stream will be perfect!#circleshare2014-12-05 17:06:0120849256
steph wanamaker110,421#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!  circle them up and your stream will be perfect !2014-11-28 17:04:4720324026
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov2,751SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FRIENDS : Circle V.1.11. Link to my own scientific research topic: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4212005/  To be included in future circle-editions, please ENGAGE: add me to your own circles/+1/re-share/comment on the original circle-post, or on some of the other science-related posts on my wall (this is needed since the number of people that could be circled is limited from Google – and therefore I am forced to keep included just the most active users). Currently featured science-related GOOGLE PLUS post:https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/8LU6LVz75jxI would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #nutrition    #ScienceSunday   #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech   #GameTechnology    #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch    #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol   #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct   #artists   #foodies   #cars   2014-11-27 06:30:22451433271
John Nuntiatio52,421#newcircle #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-11-26 11:45:13257012
Amaresh Singh11Circle Of the DayTo be considered for this circle, please:1- Share this circle in your stream.2- Ask to be included in the comments section of the original post.3- Make sure you've added our page to your circles.4- You must post your own original work in your stream.2014-11-21 09:58:32238231124
Circles Circles Circles45,721SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles   Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS: http://goo.gl/pOzhN7Published Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/mlXh9WPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/DgeQIAMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/hhJPlSPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD:  http://goo.gl/Ik2RfOOthers CirclesCREATIVES: http://goo.gl/Ahy2X9SCIENCE: http://goo.gl/pzaC4yTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/a1jWG6G+ Pages: http://goo.gl/9v2o43        #sciencecircle   #circleshare   #sharingcircles  2014-11-19 18:04:35106205
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,950SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS : CIRCLE V.8; maintained by +Atanas Georgiev Atanasov  ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday   #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech   #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch    #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol   #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct   2014-11-17 05:24:223625111
Serkan Mutan2,680My gOOOOgle Friends....#teamcircleshare #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle 2014-11-14 15:13:264955517
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,633SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS : CIRCLE V.7; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday  #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech  #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol  #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct  #artists   #foodies   #cars2014-11-13 05:47:40346101
Gailen Mapes71,115Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera 5 - 11 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to November 7th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting October 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-11-11 11:53:11177003
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,550SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : CIRCLE V.6; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday  #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech  #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol  #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct  #artists   #foodies   2014-11-10 06:22:16330123
Cableicous3,142Thanks for all teh cablezThanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for another grand week of beautaliciousness.And a new week begins...#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2014 #cableriacirculus2014-11-08 23:50:11262011
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,228SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : CIRCLE V.5; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial#ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech#GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft#MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain#mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus#naturalproduct #artists #foodies #cars #sharingiscaring  #Liver#sharingmeansthankyou #socialmedia  #sports #Smartphones#tablets 2014-11-06 08:10:34369051
Sharon Caroline1,691Hello my friends, good morning/evening for you all!Boost Your visibility On Google+!Shared and be shared. :)Thank you for sharing and promoting this.#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedcircleoftheday2014-11-05 08:31:58463203
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,228SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : Circle V.3, maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation  #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists #foodies 2014-11-05 07:02:42362515
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,127Science and Technology +Friends: Circle 2014 V.2 To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation  #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists #foodies #cars 2014-11-04 06:51:44407101
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,054Science and Technology Circle 2014 To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA   #Space #Innovation   #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists 2014-11-02 08:37:19453526
Cableicous3,143Thanks for all teh cablezThanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for another grand week of beautaliciousness.And a new week begins...#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2014 #cableriacirculus2014-11-01 22:26:2730000
Lexidh Solstad26,869October engagers circle! =) These are most of the people that has commented on my posts in October. Thank you for making it more fun to be here! 2014-11-01 10:35:46163000
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2014-12-31 15:15:34 (42 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Endings are Beginnings

Whatever 2014 brought you, be it good or be it a test of your resolve, 2015 is a fresh beginning. Things can and will be different. I hope it will be a year to remember favorably! 

As we conclude calendar year 2014, let me also thank you for the interactions in GPlus in 2014. I've learned from you, laughed with you and enjoyed hearing from you when you comment or plus something I post. I look forward to more exchange of thoughts in 2015.

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2015-01-09 07:47:40 (41 comments, 47 reshares, 569 +1s)Open 

Ice Magic

It is fascinating and beautiful to see how ice can grow on surfaces. I was lucky enough to catch some ice on a day with sunshine. It made spectacular figures. I saw forests of ice trees where there were blades of grass, trees that shimmered like glass and delicate frosted leaves everywhere. It's truly magical when you come across something like that and well worth a few minutes to drink it in.

Have a great Friday and a most excellent weekend!

Photo: this one is a little different for me, because the foreground object comes in from the right. I tend to shoot more left to right, which makes me wonder if how we read also biases our vision of objects. In this case the geometry of the situation left me no choice, but to break with my unconscious convention - and that is a good thing. 

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2015-01-09 07:47:40 (41 comments, 47 reshares, 569 +1s)Open 

Ice Magic

It is fascinating and beautiful to see how ice can grow on surfaces. I was lucky enough to catch some ice on a day with sunshine. It made spectacular figures. I saw forests of ice trees where there were blades of grass, trees that shimmered like glass and delicate frosted leaves everywhere. It's truly magical when you come across something like that and well worth a few minutes to drink it in.

Have a great Friday and a most excellent weekend!

Photo: this one is a little different for me, because the foreground object comes in from the right. I tend to shoot more left to right, which makes me wonder if how we read also biases our vision of objects. In this case the geometry of the situation left me no choice, but to break with my unconscious convention - and that is a good thing. 

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2015-01-28 07:54:30 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Night Falls

I only seem to get shots at night recently. Only a brief post today. Ginger, our cat, is in a cuddly mood and jealous of me putting my hand on the keyboard. 

I would have liked a quote or poem to go with this, but my hands are about to be attacked if I don't use them for petting. 

Have a great Wednesday!

Night Falls

I only seem to get shots at night recently. Only a brief post today. Ginger, our cat, is in a cuddly mood and jealous of me putting my hand on the keyboard. 

I would have liked a quote or poem to go with this, but my hands are about to be attacked if I don't use them for petting. 

Have a great Wednesday!___

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2015-01-27 07:32:47 (36 comments, 3 reshares, 102 +1s)Open 

Worst quote and "love" scene ever

I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere.  (one of those horrible Star Wars prequels)

Fortunately, I like snow. It gets blown around most everywhere and piles up in the strangest of places: including chain link fencing.

Back to the prequel. I am very pleased that Natalie Portman was able to overcome the impression the prequels left about her not being able to act. The problem was the writing and using her as a mannequin.

Star Wars had come out around the time of Seagull, and everyone thought I was a horrible actress," Portman says. "I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me.

More here: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/22659/20141221/natalie-portman-says-star-wars-almost-killed-her-career.htm
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Worst quote and "love" scene ever

I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere.  (one of those horrible Star Wars prequels)

Fortunately, I like snow. It gets blown around most everywhere and piles up in the strangest of places: including chain link fencing.

Back to the prequel. I am very pleased that Natalie Portman was able to overcome the impression the prequels left about her not being able to act. The problem was the writing and using her as a mannequin.

Star Wars had come out around the time of Seagull, and everyone thought I was a horrible actress," Portman says. "I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me.

More here: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/22659/20141221/natalie-portman-says-star-wars-almost-killed-her-career.htm

Oh, and if you're wondering why I got on this odd combination of Star Wars and snow, it had nothing to do with Hoth. Thinking about snow getting everywhere made me think of sand getting everwhere which led to the horrible Anakin quote which leads to anger which leads to the dark side. I better have a chat with Yoda. 

Have a great Tuesday!___

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2015-01-25 01:30:54 (31 comments, 0 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

Winter jewels

We finally got new snow, but it wasn't the perfect, pristine crystals that I had hoped for. Mostly it was partially melted when it landed. Often it came down in snowy blobs. You can tell that it melted on the way down when you look at the "globules" on the snowflakes below.

I stayed out in the snow for two hours trying to get pristine flakes, but it didn't get better. I'll have a good bit of snow to shovel in the morning judging by how much was coming down.

It was a fun experiment, but now I'm ready for a warm bed. Have a great Sunday!

Photos:
I tried two macro different lenses. One was my kit zoom reversed. The other was an EF 100mm (not IS). Most of the shots didn't turn out. Even these few, which I am sharing, weren't up to my aspirations, but I'll cut myself some slack this time. I learned a lot... more »

Winter jewels

We finally got new snow, but it wasn't the perfect, pristine crystals that I had hoped for. Mostly it was partially melted when it landed. Often it came down in snowy blobs. You can tell that it melted on the way down when you look at the "globules" on the snowflakes below.

I stayed out in the snow for two hours trying to get pristine flakes, but it didn't get better. I'll have a good bit of snow to shovel in the morning judging by how much was coming down.

It was a fun experiment, but now I'm ready for a warm bed. Have a great Sunday!

Photos:
I tried two macro different lenses. One was my kit zoom reversed. The other was an EF 100mm (not IS). Most of the shots didn't turn out. Even these few, which I am sharing, weren't up to my aspirations, but I'll cut myself some slack this time. I learned a lot and next time will be better. For better or worse, you get to watch me as I progress along the learning curve.  

Backdrop: I used a black fleece and caught snowflakes on top. They had to be brushed off from time-to-time, so I could see new flakes. Illumination was from two camping lanterns and my LED headlamp. 
all shots handheld. ___

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2015-01-24 14:20:38 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

You will pay attention to me now, primate

Ginger posing for me at the top of the stairs from the basement. I had my 50mm on, so I shot with available light.

Ginger is an enigma to me. Sometimes she wants to be near, but she sits with her back to me. Other times she is all over me and "yaps" at me to pet her. Particularly odd is ignoring me all day, but when I try to go up the stairs, she runs in front and then plops down waiting for me to pet her. Photographic evidence provided below. 

I knew dogs understand humans, but cats do too. Ginger will come when I call her (if she feels like it). She "talks" to me sometimes - usually to play with her, occasionally for food or petting. She will also jump if I invite her or point to a place. Mostly though she disappears for a nap somewhere in the house.

Happy Caturday from Ginger!  
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You will pay attention to me now, primate

Ginger posing for me at the top of the stairs from the basement. I had my 50mm on, so I shot with available light.

Ginger is an enigma to me. Sometimes she wants to be near, but she sits with her back to me. Other times she is all over me and "yaps" at me to pet her. Particularly odd is ignoring me all day, but when I try to go up the stairs, she runs in front and then plops down waiting for me to pet her. Photographic evidence provided below. 

I knew dogs understand humans, but cats do too. Ginger will come when I call her (if she feels like it). She "talks" to me sometimes - usually to play with her, occasionally for food or petting. She will also jump if I invite her or point to a place. Mostly though she disappears for a nap somewhere in the house.

Happy Caturday from Ginger!  

As for me, I'm hoping for fresh, crisp snow. I want to try a macro shot with snowflakes. I had an idea <<< note: generally something dangerous when i get ideas, but I wish you a great weekend too.___

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2015-01-23 08:29:30 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Taking a chance

The weather isn't better, the week has been intense, I'm late, but it's Friday. The other night when I went out to take pictures of something, anything at all, I came across this bench. I thought the lighting around it gave it a magical atmosphere. It seems like a place where you could have a chat with an elf or some other shy, magical creature. 
With the weekend rapidly approaching, maybe I'll do that and take a chance.

We're supposed to get new snow, perhaps I can get some snowflakes with a macro lens.

Have a great Friday and a great weekend!

Taking a chance

The weather isn't better, the week has been intense, I'm late, but it's Friday. The other night when I went out to take pictures of something, anything at all, I came across this bench. I thought the lighting around it gave it a magical atmosphere. It seems like a place where you could have a chat with an elf or some other shy, magical creature. 
With the weekend rapidly approaching, maybe I'll do that and take a chance.

We're supposed to get new snow, perhaps I can get some snowflakes with a macro lens.

Have a great Friday and a great weekend!___

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2015-01-22 07:41:49 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Traces

Traces left in the thin covering of snow
Tire treads, a bike moving fast,
Tracks where someone walked their dog,
Tiny scuffling feet beside a mother
Three legged, bent with cane in hand
These are the things I see when I stop to read
The traces of passersby left in the thin snow
Telling me tales of those gone by

Photo: A night shot on a wooden bridge over a small creek. This is straight out of the camera. Lights were low and there's not much contrast in the snow and sand. In places the wooden beams clearly show through in others there is still that distinctive snowy grime created when many people have walked a path.
Not Black and White. It looks like this because of the colors and the lighting, which is one of the things I like about it. 

Traces

Traces left in the thin covering of snow
Tire treads, a bike moving fast,
Tracks where someone walked their dog,
Tiny scuffling feet beside a mother
Three legged, bent with cane in hand
These are the things I see when I stop to read
The traces of passersby left in the thin snow
Telling me tales of those gone by

Photo: A night shot on a wooden bridge over a small creek. This is straight out of the camera. Lights were low and there's not much contrast in the snow and sand. In places the wooden beams clearly show through in others there is still that distinctive snowy grime created when many people have walked a path.
Not Black and White. It looks like this because of the colors and the lighting, which is one of the things I like about it. ___

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2015-01-21 07:51:45 (23 comments, 4 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Adapting

Those of you, who have been kind enough to read my daily scribblings, know that lately I have been ranting about the leaden grey skies, lack of contrast and lack of light. 

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper  (W.B. Yeats)  

I decided to take matters into my own hands and shoot photos in the dark. At least that way there would be contrast. I slapped on a 50 mm prime (f1.4 max) and set out to capture something, anything , such was my desparation.

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.  (attributed to Abraham Lincoln)

It was a good exercise in several ways. Walking around in the freezing cold, cleared my head and gave me good, clean air to breathe. On the photographic side of things, I had to do a lot manually. One thing I didtha... more »

Adapting

Those of you, who have been kind enough to read my daily scribblings, know that lately I have been ranting about the leaden grey skies, lack of contrast and lack of light. 

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper  (W.B. Yeats)  

I decided to take matters into my own hands and shoot photos in the dark. At least that way there would be contrast. I slapped on a 50 mm prime (f1.4 max) and set out to capture something, anything , such was my desparation.

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.  (attributed to Abraham Lincoln)

It was a good exercise in several ways. Walking around in the freezing cold, cleared my head and gave me good, clean air to breathe. On the photographic side of things, I had to do a lot manually. One thing I did that turned out to be very helpful was to wear an LED headlamp. I thought I might need it to watch out for ice patches, but it served as illumination, so that I didn't need a harsh flash. Still the number of keepers was extremely low. I was back in school again, which is actually good, because I learned some things.

Ms. Wormwood: Calvin, can you tell us what Lewis and Clark did?
 
Calvin: No, but I can recite the secret superhero origin of each member of Captain Napalm's Thermonuclear League of Liberty
 
Ms. Wormwood: See me after class, Calvin
 
Calvin: [retrospectively] I'm not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.
(Bill Watterson)

In the end (and I'm sure you're glad to read those words) it was a good night. I got rid of the worst of my cabin fever, learned a few things about taking handheld shots in low light and no ice fairies got mad at me.

Thanks for sticking around so long and have a wonderful Wednesday!  ___

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2015-01-20 08:12:06 (31 comments, 3 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Let there be light PLEASE

Grey, dull light and snow. Everything is a shade of grey with low contrast. Yesterday evening I had a few extra hours. It was not good.

That's when I discovered the answer to this question:
"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of man?"

Thereupon I visited myself with fury upon innocent photos. Witness how I have torn photos of trees apart and fractalated my own with a vengeful mouse click. Then I discovered filters and ran messy paint over slate, pastels, probably 20 other steps I have forgotten and wrapped up with crystallization. 

You may seek a scientific explanation blame this upon a vitamin D deficiency due to lack of good sunlight. In the meantime, I shake my fist at the sky and mutter Monty Python quotes. 

Have a great Tuesday! Grey days make the sunny ones all the nicer. If youha... more »

Let there be light PLEASE

Grey, dull light and snow. Everything is a shade of grey with low contrast. Yesterday evening I had a few extra hours. It was not good.

That's when I discovered the answer to this question:
"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of man?"

Thereupon I visited myself with fury upon innocent photos. Witness how I have torn photos of trees apart and fractalated my own with a vengeful mouse click. Then I discovered filters and ran messy paint over slate, pastels, probably 20 other steps I have forgotten and wrapped up with crystallization. 

You may seek a scientific explanation blame this upon a vitamin D deficiency due to lack of good sunlight. In the meantime, I shake my fist at the sky and mutter Monty Python quotes. 

Have a great Tuesday! Grey days make the sunny ones all the nicer. If you have a sunny day enjoy it. If you have a grey one like me, take up something more constructive like blogging, suduko, germinating maple seeds, working on a method to recover and inject T.Rex DNA into chick embryos or decoding the Voynich manuscript. 

P.S. no worries. if the weather doesn't get better, I'll make one more ice photo sacrifice to the winter fairies and then begin to pillage archives from 2014 for real photos. ___

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2015-01-19 08:12:34 (18 comments, 1 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Onward

I am a slow walker, but I never walk back. (Abraham Lincoln)

Nature again refused to cooperate with me. We had fog and light clouds obscuring the sky. I went out last night every two hours after dark to check in the hopes that I could get a photo of Comet Lovejoy. It was in fact "no joy". I can't let a little setback like that keep me from starting the week off with a post though. Sometimes you have to keep going and trust that your chance will come. 

Have a good start to the week!

Onward

I am a slow walker, but I never walk back. (Abraham Lincoln)

Nature again refused to cooperate with me. We had fog and light clouds obscuring the sky. I went out last night every two hours after dark to check in the hopes that I could get a photo of Comet Lovejoy. It was in fact "no joy". I can't let a little setback like that keep me from starting the week off with a post though. Sometimes you have to keep going and trust that your chance will come. 

Have a good start to the week!___

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2015-01-18 17:04:23 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Man is not man, but a wolf to those he does not know.
(Plautus)

A dearth of new pictures due to weather and real life keeping me busy. I decided to play with a snapshot of some graffiti, which I saw on January 6. Yes, it has been that long since I took anything.

I'm hoping for good conditions tonight. Maybe I can get some shots of the comet. I saw it for a few minutes a few nights ago.

I hope you've been enjoying the weekend. I've been able to do some reading and even a bit of gaming. 

Man is not man, but a wolf to those he does not know.
(Plautus)

A dearth of new pictures due to weather and real life keeping me busy. I decided to play with a snapshot of some graffiti, which I saw on January 6. Yes, it has been that long since I took anything.

I'm hoping for good conditions tonight. Maybe I can get some shots of the comet. I saw it for a few minutes a few nights ago.

I hope you've been enjoying the weekend. I've been able to do some reading and even a bit of gaming. ___

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2015-01-14 07:30:44 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Whirls

Big whirls have little whirls, that feed on their velocity;
And little whirls have lesser whirls, and so on to viscosity.
(Lewis Fry Richardson) 

You never know where curiosity and the internet will lead you. I was was interested in the swirls and eddies as the hot air exited the chimney. Throw in a dash of internet search and the serendipitous keyword "whirl" and it turned into quite a good read about an interesting person.

Lewis Fry Richardson was an English mathematician and meteorologist (among other things), who pioneered the use of differential equations in forecasting, worked on fractals (coastlines), a method of solving linear equations, echolocation of icebergs (6 years before sonar was patented) and a mathematical analysis of war (he was a pacifist). The quote at the beginning of this post was from his Weather Prediction by... more »

Whirls

Big whirls have little whirls, that feed on their velocity;
And little whirls have lesser whirls, and so on to viscosity.
(Lewis Fry Richardson) 

You never know where curiosity and the internet will lead you. I was was interested in the swirls and eddies as the hot air exited the chimney. Throw in a dash of internet search and the serendipitous keyword "whirl" and it turned into quite a good read about an interesting person.

Lewis Fry Richardson was an English mathematician and meteorologist (among other things), who pioneered the use of differential equations in forecasting, worked on fractals (coastlines), a method of solving linear equations, echolocation of icebergs (6 years before sonar was patented) and a mathematical analysis of war (he was a pacifist). The quote at the beginning of this post was from his Weather Prediction by Numerical Process when describing turbulence. 

The burial detail, which had come for the corpses in the pigpen, was surprised.

The “dead” were getting up and speaking English. Qu’est-ce que c’est? Ah, they were an ambulance crew. British volunteers, in the trenches with the French Army on the Western Front. In the ruins and wreckage near the front lines, they’d found nowhere else to sleep.
...
It was the last place in the world to look for a scientist at work. Yet one soft-spoken corpsman, known as “Prof”, filled his downtime with experiments and calculations. “We thought nothing of seeing him wandering about in the small hours checking his instruments,” one of his fellow corpsmen recalled. Once, for example, he’d set a bowl of water on a record-player he had somehow got hold of, cranked up the machine, and measured the radius of the curve on the water’s surface. A rotating fluid, he thought, might serve as a useful model of the atmosphere. (Though his record player wasn’t up to the task, later work would prove him right.)  (from the Independent article, see link below).


more on Richardson - pacificist, mathematician and scientist: 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/lewis-fry-richardsons-weather-forecasts-changed-the-world-but-could-his-predictions-of-war-do-the-same-9679295.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Fry_Richardson 

photo: taken on a cold winter day. I was interested in the whirls and eddies visible as hot, moist air left the chimney and hit the cold, dry air. I only took one photo, as I had to get to the start of a local race. The photo was edited from RAW by importing into Photoshop with the "camera faithful" setting, increasing clarity, dropping blacks -5 and dark colors -10 then downsizing to 1920x1280 for posting here, as photos larger than that are hard for people on mobile devices to download and view. ___

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2015-01-12 07:47:01 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Frosted

These blades of grass turned into a forest of miniature ice trees. What looks like water, is actually also ice.

Frost forms when the surface of an object cools below the frost point (not the same as the freezing point and can be several degrees cooler) of water vapor in the air. The water vapor begins to deposit and grow crystals on the surface of the object. Frequently the crystal form is needle-like as in this picture.

you can read more about the various forms of frost (hoar, advection aka wind, window, white, rime and black frost) here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frost or 
http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/frost/frost.htm

Have a great start to the week! 
 

Frosted

These blades of grass turned into a forest of miniature ice trees. What looks like water, is actually also ice.

Frost forms when the surface of an object cools below the frost point (not the same as the freezing point and can be several degrees cooler) of water vapor in the air. The water vapor begins to deposit and grow crystals on the surface of the object. Frequently the crystal form is needle-like as in this picture.

you can read more about the various forms of frost (hoar, advection aka wind, window, white, rime and black frost) here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frost or 
http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/frost/frost.htm

Have a great start to the week! 
 ___

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2015-01-10 23:33:41 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Surprises

Sometimes your shots don't turn out like you hope. Sometimes you go through your shots and find one that turned out a lot better than you anticipated.

When I saw this shot in my set, I wanted to write something about the golden light of the sun and the frozen silver of the moon, but instead I ran a quote check and came across a poem by Yeats. Who can resist his lyricism? 

Aedh wishes for the cloths of heaven

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
 
(W.B. Yeats,  The Wind Among the Reeds )
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Surprises

Sometimes your shots don't turn out like you hope. Sometimes you go through your shots and find one that turned out a lot better than you anticipated.

When I saw this shot in my set, I wanted to write something about the golden light of the sun and the frozen silver of the moon, but instead I ran a quote check and came across a poem by Yeats. Who can resist his lyricism? 

Aedh wishes for the cloths of heaven

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
 
(W.B. Yeats,  The Wind Among the Reeds )

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/32233/32233-h/32233-h.htm 

Photo: a solitary stalk of grass, covered with frost caught my eye. the background with the myriad dancing points of light was an unexpected delight when I reviewed the pictures. ___

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2015-01-09 07:47:40 (41 comments, 47 reshares, 569 +1s)Open 

Ice Magic

It is fascinating and beautiful to see how ice can grow on surfaces. I was lucky enough to catch some ice on a day with sunshine. It made spectacular figures. I saw forests of ice trees where there were blades of grass, trees that shimmered like glass and delicate frosted leaves everywhere. It's truly magical when you come across something like that and well worth a few minutes to drink it in.

Have a great Friday and a most excellent weekend!

Photo: this one is a little different for me, because the foreground object comes in from the right. I tend to shoot more left to right, which makes me wonder if how we read also biases our vision of objects. In this case the geometry of the situation left me no choice, but to break with my unconscious convention - and that is a good thing. 

Ice Magic

It is fascinating and beautiful to see how ice can grow on surfaces. I was lucky enough to catch some ice on a day with sunshine. It made spectacular figures. I saw forests of ice trees where there were blades of grass, trees that shimmered like glass and delicate frosted leaves everywhere. It's truly magical when you come across something like that and well worth a few minutes to drink it in.

Have a great Friday and a most excellent weekend!

Photo: this one is a little different for me, because the foreground object comes in from the right. I tend to shoot more left to right, which makes me wonder if how we read also biases our vision of objects. In this case the geometry of the situation left me no choice, but to break with my unconscious convention - and that is a good thing. ___

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2015-01-06 21:27:47 (41 comments, 1 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

Slow going

it's been a while since i have posted anything. Part of it was the weather, part the demands of real life and a third part, a feeling of "meh" whenever I looked out the window.

Today was different. We had clear skies last night, which means colder temps and a bright morning with lots of frost to play with. 

I tried out some (new to me) functions of my camera at a local race (fun run and 10k). In between the start and finish, I wandered around making shots of the frost in the gardens and fields. It was pretty refreshing. I still feel sluggish, but maybe I'm waking up from my winter nap. 

May Wednesday be a great day for you. One full of brisk, crisp air to sharpen your senses and plenty of light to take it all in. 

Slow going

it's been a while since i have posted anything. Part of it was the weather, part the demands of real life and a third part, a feeling of "meh" whenever I looked out the window.

Today was different. We had clear skies last night, which means colder temps and a bright morning with lots of frost to play with. 

I tried out some (new to me) functions of my camera at a local race (fun run and 10k). In between the start and finish, I wandered around making shots of the frost in the gardens and fields. It was pretty refreshing. I still feel sluggish, but maybe I'm waking up from my winter nap. 

May Wednesday be a great day for you. One full of brisk, crisp air to sharpen your senses and plenty of light to take it all in. ___

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2015-01-01 02:50:56 (20 comments, 2 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

Colorful Impressions

Happy New Year to one and all! this album has some quick and dirty edits of jpegs from our backyard fireworks ushering in 2015. I know they could be done better, esp. from RAW, but "ain't nobody got time for that" in the middle of New Year's Eve.

A quick refresher on what makes firework colors for us:

Color      Compound
Red         strontium salts, lithium salts
                lithium carbonate, Li2CO3 = red
                strontium carbonate, SrCO3 = bright red

Orange   calcium salts
                 calcium chloride, CaCl2
                 calcium sulfate, CaSO4·xH2O, where x = 0,2,3,5

Gold        incandescence of iron (with carbon), charcoal, or lampblack

Yellow     sodiumcompounds
                   sodium nitrate, N... more »

Colorful Impressions

Happy New Year to one and all! this album has some quick and dirty edits of jpegs from our backyard fireworks ushering in 2015. I know they could be done better, esp. from RAW, but "ain't nobody got time for that" in the middle of New Year's Eve.

A quick refresher on what makes firework colors for us:

Color      Compound
Red         strontium salts, lithium salts
                lithium carbonate, Li2CO3 = red
                strontium carbonate, SrCO3 = bright red

Orange   calcium salts
                 calcium chloride, CaCl2
                 calcium sulfate, CaSO4·xH2O, where x = 0,2,3,5

Gold        incandescence of iron (with carbon), charcoal, or lampblack

Yellow     sodium compounds
                   sodium nitrate, NaNO3
                   cryolite, Na3AlF6

White       white-hot metal, such as magnesium or aluminum
                   barium oxide, BaO

Green       barium compounds + chlorine producer
                    barium chloride, BaCl+ = bright green

Blue          copper compounds + chlorine producer
                   copper acetoarsenite (Paris Green),                                                            Cu3As2O3Cu(C2H3O2)2 = blue
                   copper (I) chloride, CuCl = turquoise blue

Purple      mixture of strontium (red) and copper (blue) compounds

Silver        burning aluminum, titanium, or magnesium powder or flakes

_source see: http://chemistry.about.com/od/fireworkspyrotechnics/a/fireworkcolors.htm_

And with that, I bid you good night and a wonderful start to 2015!___

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2014-12-31 15:15:34 (42 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Endings are Beginnings

Whatever 2014 brought you, be it good or be it a test of your resolve, 2015 is a fresh beginning. Things can and will be different. I hope it will be a year to remember favorably! 

As we conclude calendar year 2014, let me also thank you for the interactions in GPlus in 2014. I've learned from you, laughed with you and enjoyed hearing from you when you comment or plus something I post. I look forward to more exchange of thoughts in 2015.

Endings are Beginnings

Whatever 2014 brought you, be it good or be it a test of your resolve, 2015 is a fresh beginning. Things can and will be different. I hope it will be a year to remember favorably! 

As we conclude calendar year 2014, let me also thank you for the interactions in GPlus in 2014. I've learned from you, laughed with you and enjoyed hearing from you when you comment or plus something I post. I look forward to more exchange of thoughts in 2015.___

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2014-12-24 11:02:54 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

A Monday in Munich

Here are some impressions from my Monday before Christmas in Munich. I got to meet an old friend and her family for the first time in many years. We clicked again right away.

The day was about being together, so we went wherever they were interested in going, which explains how a slob like myself wound up in front of a Karl Lagerfeld store. I don't really know much about him, except that he's a famous designer, but after seeing the store, I like his playful take on things. His Monster Cat Choupette and the Doctor Evil / Blofeld homage delighted me. Maybe fashionistas do have a sense of humor.

Also take a look at some of the metal figures from the Christmas market at the Sendlinger Tor. Very nice work.  If I had been there earlier in the month, I probably would have gotten some as a gift, but I was already done with my shopping.

I... more »

A Monday in Munich

Here are some impressions from my Monday before Christmas in Munich. I got to meet an old friend and her family for the first time in many years. We clicked again right away.

The day was about being together, so we went wherever they were interested in going, which explains how a slob like myself wound up in front of a Karl Lagerfeld store. I don't really know much about him, except that he's a famous designer, but after seeing the store, I like his playful take on things. His Monster Cat Choupette and the Doctor Evil / Blofeld homage delighted me. Maybe fashionistas do have a sense of humor.

Also take a look at some of the metal figures from the Christmas market at the Sendlinger Tor. Very nice work.  If I had been there earlier in the month, I probably would have gotten some as a gift, but I was already done with my shopping.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. Tonight is the big festival for us in Germany. Maybe there will be photos of our tree (I put it up yesterday) with candle light. 

Enjoy your day and may it be filled with love and laughter!___

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2014-12-22 06:57:29 (25 comments, 7 reshares, 106 +1s)Open 

Smartphone shots of Frankfurt Weihnachtsmarkt and River Main

The other day I went to Frankfurt to meet a couple of wonderful GPlussers for our annual Hobbit HIRL. I got there a bit early, so I wandered around down by the River Main and through the Weihnachtsmarkt. As my reason to visit had nothing to do with photography, I needed to use the camera I had with me, i.e. my S3. It's not a very good camera, but it at least gives you an impression.

Today, I'm off to Munich to meet a friend from high school, who's visiting Munich for 3 days (tomorrow is the last day). I should have already left, but the battery in one of our smoke alarms ran low during the night, so it started making those horrible beeping sounds. I think it was sometime between 3AM and 4AM. Anyway, I overslept.

The weather does not look promising today (starting out grey), but I'll take my... more »

Smartphone shots of Frankfurt Weihnachtsmarkt and River Main

The other day I went to Frankfurt to meet a couple of wonderful GPlussers for our annual Hobbit HIRL. I got there a bit early, so I wandered around down by the River Main and through the Weihnachtsmarkt. As my reason to visit had nothing to do with photography, I needed to use the camera I had with me, i.e. my S3. It's not a very good camera, but it at least gives you an impression.

Today, I'm off to Munich to meet a friend from high school, who's visiting Munich for 3 days (tomorrow is the last day). I should have already left, but the battery in one of our smoke alarms ran low during the night, so it started making those horrible beeping sounds. I think it was sometime between 3AM and 4AM. Anyway, I overslept.

The weather does not look promising today (starting out grey), but I'll take my DSLR and two lenses and hope for a break with good light.

Have a great Monday!___

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2014-12-16 08:04:15 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

JJ Abrams worthy?

A sunny evening in California. It was a good trip.

Still grey here, but it won't last forever. Have a great Tuesday!

JJ Abrams worthy?

A sunny evening in California. It was a good trip.

Still grey here, but it won't last forever. Have a great Tuesday!___

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2014-12-15 07:54:25 (16 comments, 12 reshares, 173 +1s)Open 

Optimism

Though the skies are grey and dreary, my weekend was full of colors. My neighbor unexpectedly gave me a bucket of tulip bulbs. Yes, it's December, but this year has been quite mild, so naturally I prepared a bed and planted bulbs.

I don't know what I planted. It doesn't matter, because it's the act of imagining what will come from them that makes things better. I know not when they will blossom, nor do I know their colors or shapes. It will be a beautiful, wonderful surprise when they greet me some Spring morning and this makes the grey day and the effort worthwhile a hundred times over. 

Have a great start to the week! 

Optimism

Though the skies are grey and dreary, my weekend was full of colors. My neighbor unexpectedly gave me a bucket of tulip bulbs. Yes, it's December, but this year has been quite mild, so naturally I prepared a bed and planted bulbs.

I don't know what I planted. It doesn't matter, because it's the act of imagining what will come from them that makes things better. I know not when they will blossom, nor do I know their colors or shapes. It will be a beautiful, wonderful surprise when they greet me some Spring morning and this makes the grey day and the effort worthwhile a hundred times over. 

Have a great start to the week! ___

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2014-12-13 10:59:55 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Finally, #Caturday has arrived. My brief foray into the absurdities of existentialism turned up this gem. The hardest part was waiting almost a full week to share it with you. 

Two delicious minutes that I highly recommend. Where else will you see the white idiot writhes on his chair, begging for cheeseburgers ? Does it not perfectly capture modern life in the "first world"?

Finally, #Caturday has arrived. My brief foray into the absurdities of existentialism turned up this gem. The hardest part was waiting almost a full week to share it with you. 

Two delicious minutes that I highly recommend. Where else will you see the white idiot writhes on his chair, begging for cheeseburgers ? Does it not perfectly capture modern life in the "first world"?___

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2014-12-12 18:43:39 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

MIT

No, not that MIT. Those folks are smart. We're discussing M ale I diocy T heory. I'm pleased to report that theBMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal ) published an analysis of sex differences in Darwin Award winners. 

There are some priceless quotes in here:

very good
their action ensures the long-term survival of the species, by selectively allowing one less idiot to survive

most excellent
nominees must improve the gene pool by eliminating themselves from the human race using astonishingly stupid methods

Examples

Honorable Mention (excluded from the analysis)
man who slipped when using a belt sander as an auto-erotic device and lost a testicle. Repairing his scrotum with a staple gun, ... failing to eliminate himself completely from the gene pool
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MIT

No, not that MIT. Those folks are smart. We're discussing M ale I diocy T heory. I'm pleased to report that theBMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal ) published an analysis of sex differences in Darwin Award winners. 

There are some priceless quotes in here:

very good
their action ensures the long-term survival of the species, by selectively allowing one less idiot to survive

most excellent
nominees must improve the gene pool by eliminating themselves from the human race using astonishingly stupid methods

Examples

Honorable Mention (excluded from the analysis)
man who slipped when using a belt sander as an auto-erotic device and lost a testicle. Repairing his scrotum with a staple gun, ... failing to eliminate himself completely from the gene pool

Winning Entries

Look, I'll prove it to you
shot himself in the head with a “spy pen” weapon to show his friend that it was real.

The Idiocy is strong with this one
terrorist who posted a letter bomb with insufficient postage stamps and who, on its return, unthinkingly opened his own letter

Hey y'all, hold my beer and watch this!
three men who played a variation on Russian roulette alternately taking shots of alcohol and then stamping on an unexploded Cambodian land mine. (Spoiler alert: the mine eventually exploded, demolishing the bar and killing all three men.)

Captain Obvious reports results

Sample size: 332 verified Darwin Awards 
Excluded:        14 (shared by male and female "winners") 
____________________________________________
Analyzed:      318

282 male vs. 36 female >>> 88.7% were males

The authors show this is statistically significant using the chi squared test, but it's really overkill at this point. 

Please feel free to read the report and explore the associated links for more goodness. ___

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2014-12-12 08:23:20 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Flowerpower for Friday?

I found this a rather unusual flower. I had no idea what it was when I first saw it. It's an artichoke. The flower belies its relationship with thistles.

Have a great Friday! I'll see you on the other side of work. 

Flowerpower for Friday?

I found this a rather unusual flower. I had no idea what it was when I first saw it. It's an artichoke. The flower belies its relationship with thistles.

Have a great Friday! I'll see you on the other side of work. ___

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2014-12-11 08:02:59 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Ginger Thorsday

Dr. Seuss should have written about cats in baskets instead of wearing hats, although come to think of it a basket and a hat would be most excellent. 

Have a great Thorsday! 

Ginger Thorsday

Dr. Seuss should have written about cats in baskets instead of wearing hats, although come to think of it a basket and a hat would be most excellent. 

Have a great Thorsday! ___

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2014-12-08 23:29:29 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Regular Programming Resumes

I've posted a few things that were fun for me to explore recently, but don't fit the profile most of you have me in as 

Yet Another Wannabe Photographer  (YAWP)

Here I return to your regularly scheduled broadcast and simultaneously answer a question posed by +Brynn Brown . It wasn't as easy to answer as I thought. 

Have a great Tuesday! and possibly Wednesday too 

Regular Programming Resumes

I've posted a few things that were fun for me to explore recently, but don't fit the profile most of you have me in as 

Yet Another Wannabe Photographer  (YAWP)

Here I return to your regularly scheduled broadcast and simultaneously answer a question posed by +Brynn Brown . It wasn't as easy to answer as I thought. 

Have a great Tuesday! and possibly Wednesday too ___

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2014-12-08 22:52:38 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Brilliant, scary, fascinating. I know, this isn't what most of you expect from someone, who's in your circles for photography. I'll return to regular programming soon.

On a different tangent [really read the article first], I was inspired to do an experiment just for fun. I tried this text (but I didn't get anything good back)

Azrubêl

Ni-tôdi azra
lômê kalubi
gimlî minalzê
idô zâira burôda.
êphal batân kiyada,
narâk uyâdi azrada.

Bawâb anâkhi,
azrâ phurusi
lâ azrubêlô 
yanakham nînî.

êphal batân kiyada,
narâk uyâdi azrada.

Balîka êphalî,
tâidô niyadda,
ki nîlo-dalad,
gimlinzil-bê.

narâk uyâdi azrada -
zirân, kitabdahê!


I'm sure at least one of you can provide a translation of that.
(Note: If you master this or a simi... more »

Brilliant, scary, fascinating. I know, this isn't what most of you expect from someone, who's in your circles for photography. I'll return to regular programming soon.

On a different tangent [really read the article first], I was inspired to do an experiment just for fun. I tried this text (but I didn't get anything good back)

Azrubêl

Ni-tôdi azra
lômê kalubi
gimlî minalzê
idô zâira burôda.
êphal batân kiyada,
narâk uyâdi azrada.

Bawâb anâkhi,
azrâ phurusi
lâ azrubêlô 
yanakham nînî.

êphal batân kiyada,
narâk uyâdi azrada.

Balîka êphalî,
tâidô niyadda,
ki nîlo-dalad,
gimlinzil-bê.

narâk uyâdi azrada -
zirân, kitabdahê!


I'm sure at least one of you can provide a translation of that.

(Note: If you master this or a similar language, kudos to you. However, as I'm not able to read it, please make your comments in English or at least another major Western European language.)

I do look forward to Google adding this and similar languages to Google translate. anyone at Google feel like tackling it as a minor project? ___

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2014-12-08 07:53:32 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Seen in my neighborhood. It's a good solution for a garden.

Happy Monday!

Seen in my neighborhood. It's a good solution for a garden.

Happy Monday!___

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2014-12-07 10:44:07 (42 comments, 1 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

What do I want for lunch?

I've been having fleeting and superficial fun the past day or so with the Internet and existentialism. 

Deciding what to have for lunch is an intriguing exercise under these aspects. Douglas Adams has several helpful thoughts about lunch:

The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why, and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question 'How can we eat?' the second by the question 'Why do we eat?' and the third by the question 'Where shall we have lunch?

and of course his more famous quote:

Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so

All of which has led me to the inescapable conclusion that my decision of what to eat... more »

What do I want for lunch?

I've been having fleeting and superficial fun the past day or so with the Internet and existentialism. 

Deciding what to have for lunch is an intriguing exercise under these aspects. Douglas Adams has several helpful thoughts about lunch:

The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why, and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question 'How can we eat?' the second by the question 'Why do we eat?' and the third by the question 'Where shall we have lunch?

and of course his more famous quote:

Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so

All of which has led me to the inescapable conclusion that my decision of what to eat for lunch is irrelevant. Given that lunchtime is an illusion and that whatever decision I appear to make, inevitably leads to the same conclusion, something with shrimp seems like a pretty good idea at the moment.

Have a great day and enjoy whatever you do, because if all actions eventually lead to the same outcome, why not enjoy the time you have?

Disclaimer

Nope, I'm not a philosopher and I don't fully understand the subtleties, but at my superficial level of understanding, I derive pleasure from humorous takes on existentialism. 
 
"Photos"

Photo: me, myself and I enjoying Bubba Gump's shrimp while vacationing in the summer.

Cartoon: found on the internet. I could not find the original posting anymore, but my best information indicates this is from the New Yorker Magazine, Sept. 23, 2013; artist Roz Chast. ___

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2014-12-06 10:53:31 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Adaptation

Here's a great example of a species living in a particular environmental niche and adapting to it supremely well. Long legs for walking in the surf along the shoreline and a profound proboscis for prodding out crabs, clams and any other morsels hiding in the flats.

I think that this may be a "marbled godwit" [ Limosa fedoa ]. Since that's quite a name let's jump right into it. Godwit supposedly derives from Old English god = good and wihte = creature/being. 

According to Wikipedia these birds are migratory. They breed in the northern Great Plains of the U.S. and in central Canada.  In the Fall they migrate to California (where I saw this example), the US Gulf Coast, Central America and South America.

The birds forage in mudflats, along beaches and in marshes. They typically eat worms, mollusks, crustaceans and sometimest... more »

Adaptation

Here's a great example of a species living in a particular environmental niche and adapting to it supremely well. Long legs for walking in the surf along the shoreline and a profound proboscis for prodding out crabs, clams and any other morsels hiding in the flats.

I think that this may be a "marbled godwit" [ Limosa fedoa ]. Since that's quite a name let's jump right into it. Godwit supposedly derives from Old English god = good and wihte = creature/being. 

According to Wikipedia these birds are migratory. They breed in the northern Great Plains of the U.S. and in central Canada.  In the Fall they migrate to California (where I saw this example), the US Gulf Coast, Central America and South America.

The birds forage in mudflats, along beaches and in marshes. They typically eat worms, mollusks, crustaceans and sometimes the aquatic (as opposed to buried) parts of plants. 

TIL (today i learned) a few other interesting tidbits about these birds.

A female bar-tailed godwit holds the record for the longest non-stop flight for a land bird.  How long you say? Eight (8!) days and 6,300 miles (10,080 km) from the North Island of New Zealand to Yalu Jiang in China.
Details here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070915131205.htm

Another tidbit is that these birds are apparently tasty. 

the dayntiest dish in England & I  think for the bignesse, of the biggest price (attributed to Sir Thomas Brown [1605-1682])

and also

but a fat Godwit is so fine and light a meat that noblemen (yea, and merchants too, by your leave) stick not to buy them at four nobles a dozen  (Thomas Muffet in "Health improvement" (1655))

Links
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marbled_godwit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwit
http://books.google.de/books?id=rN0UAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA69&lpg=PA69&dq=browne+godwit&source=bl&ots=vVhQK30Oto&sig=y1F1ico3MkEJz74UJWllyChebRQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aN6CVIj4GIWrPIX7gOAF&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=browne%20godwit&f=false___

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2014-12-05 08:19:28 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Unleashing my inner Calvin

It's Friday. Bill Watterson is a genius. When work is finally done, my inner Calvin shall come out and play.

Preview: possible Sartre for Saturday.

Unleashing my inner Calvin

It's Friday. Bill Watterson is a genius. When work is finally done, my inner Calvin shall come out and play.

Preview: possible Sartre for Saturday.___

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2014-12-04 07:44:42 (25 comments, 3 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Echoes of Summer

Is it really Thorsday already? The past week or so has been a dreary, grey blur. Lots to do, but little change in the sky. Yesterday we did have big, wet, white snowflakes falling from the grey clouds, but we're still a bit above freezing, so everything melted away. 

I enjoy all the seasons, but I much prefer days with some light. The drab grey days are what bore me, which brings me to this picture. It seemed like an excellent day to inject a bit of color into the GPlus stream.

I hope you'll have a good start to the day and that it will get even better as the weekend draws closer. 

Echoes of Summer

Is it really Thorsday already? The past week or so has been a dreary, grey blur. Lots to do, but little change in the sky. Yesterday we did have big, wet, white snowflakes falling from the grey clouds, but we're still a bit above freezing, so everything melted away. 

I enjoy all the seasons, but I much prefer days with some light. The drab grey days are what bore me, which brings me to this picture. It seemed like an excellent day to inject a bit of color into the GPlus stream.

I hope you'll have a good start to the day and that it will get even better as the weekend draws closer. ___

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2014-12-02 07:08:45 (23 comments, 1 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

While it's already December, I feel like this Frost poem still works, esp. given the bleak, dreary grey skies and barren trees. There is a melancholy beauty even in such conditions. It can't be long now until a proper winter comes. 

November Guest 

My sorrow, when she’s here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.

Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She’s glad the birds are gone away,
She’s glad her simple worsted gray
Is silver now with clinging mist.

The desolate, deserted trees, 
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so truly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me for reason why.

Not yesterday Ilearned ... more »

While it's already December, I feel like this Frost poem still works, esp. given the bleak, dreary grey skies and barren trees. There is a melancholy beauty even in such conditions. It can't be long now until a proper winter comes. 

November Guest 

My sorrow, when she’s here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.

Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She’s glad the birds are gone away,
She’s glad her simple worsted gray
Is silver now with clinging mist.

The desolate, deserted trees, 
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so truly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me for reason why.

Not yesterday I learned to know
The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell her so,
And they are better for her praise.

(Robert Frost)___

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2014-12-01 08:18:59 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Cute? Cuddly? Inquisitive?

Some tentacular cuttlefish posed for me at the Monterey Bay Aquarium back in August.

TIL (Today I learned) that cuttlefish previously were the source of the dye used for sepia. Fortunately artificial alternatives are used instead.

Other interesting facts:

1. Cephalopods and related to squid, octopi and nautiluses

2. They have an internal shell called the cuttlebone, which the cuttlefish uses in regulating buoyancy, but is best known as a dietary calcium supplement for parakeets. 

3. they have the one of the largest brain to body ratios among all invertebrates

4. cuttlefish have 8 arms and two tentacles

5. they have an ability to rapidly change their skin color and patterns, which is due to blue,red, yellow, brown and black chromatophores at density of approximately 360 dpi if converted... more »

Cute? Cuddly? Inquisitive?

Some tentacular cuttlefish posed for me at the Monterey Bay Aquarium back in August.

TIL (Today I learned) that cuttlefish previously were the source of the dye used for sepia. Fortunately artificial alternatives are used instead.

Other interesting facts:

1. Cephalopods and related to squid, octopi and nautiluses

2. They have an internal shell called the cuttlebone, which the cuttlefish uses in regulating buoyancy, but is best known as a dietary calcium supplement for parakeets. 

3. they have the one of the largest brain to body ratios among all invertebrates

4. cuttlefish have 8 arms and two tentacles

5. they have an ability to rapidly change their skin color and patterns, which is due to blue,red, yellow, brown and black chromatophores at density of approximately 360 dpi if converted to display/printing technology (which isn't applicable , but a good comparison for us to appreciate the resolution)

6. cuttlefish also have iridophores,  plates of chitin or protein, which can reflect the environment around a cuttlefish. They are responsible for the metallic blues, greens, golds, and silvers often seen on cuttlefish.

7. their eyes are W-shaped. 

8. cuttlefish blood is green-blue due to hemocyanin (copper based) instead of hemoglobin (iron based) carrying oxygen molecules. 

9. they have three hearts. One heart for each gill and a third heart to pump the blood to the rest of the body. This is due to hemocyanin having a lower overall efficiency (~25% of hemoglobin) in carrying oxygen. However in cold conditions with low oxygen pressure, hemocyanin can carry more oxygen than hemoglobin, so it's a sensible tradeoff for cuttlefish and octopi. 

10. in a case of "scientists haven't figured it all out yet", supposedly cuttlefish are color-blind. Which raises the question of how and why they match their surroundings or put on color displays for rivals if they don't perceive colors. methinks more research is required

As cuttlefish only live approximately one to two years, the next time I'm in Monterey, I'll see different ones.  

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuttlefish
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemocyanin

Bonus videos:
National Geographic (cuttlefish hunting prey)
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/worlds-deadliest-ngs/deadliest-cuttlefish-camouflage

Nova/PBS documentary (52:48)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLWN6mvtUc4___

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2014-11-29 11:23:06 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

*Impressions from a small town Weihnachtsmarkt"

These are shots from my brief visit to the local Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) last night. Most of these are JPEG straight out of the camera. Some have been worked on in Lightroom from the RAW file. They are captioned.

I hope you have fun taking a virtual stroll along with me. As for the temperatures, well, my fingers got numb and you definitely needed a coat, but it was probably 2°C (~35°F), so pretty mild actually. No snow yet, but maybe we'll get some for Christmas. 

If you have any questions or comments, please leave a note and I'll do my best to get back to you.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Edit: PS. all shot with a 50 mm prime. sometimes a fixed field of view is good and makes you work differently. 

*Impressions from a small town Weihnachtsmarkt"

These are shots from my brief visit to the local Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) last night. Most of these are JPEG straight out of the camera. Some have been worked on in Lightroom from the RAW file. They are captioned.

I hope you have fun taking a virtual stroll along with me. As for the temperatures, well, my fingers got numb and you definitely needed a coat, but it was probably 2°C (~35°F), so pretty mild actually. No snow yet, but maybe we'll get some for Christmas. 

If you have any questions or comments, please leave a note and I'll do my best to get back to you.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Edit: PS. all shot with a 50 mm prime. sometimes a fixed field of view is good and makes you work differently. ___

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2014-11-28 07:35:30 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Twofer Friday

Here's my "Black Friday" offering for you, my loyal GPlus viewers, friends and new folks as well. 

Both shots are of the city church in my town. One was shot with autumn foliage and the other is a reflection in the lower lake (more like a big pond). 

The weather is a uniform grey here today. sigh Hopefully, it is better where you are. I wish you a lovely Friday and a great start to the weekend!

Twofer Friday

Here's my "Black Friday" offering for you, my loyal GPlus viewers, friends and new folks as well. 

Both shots are of the city church in my town. One was shot with autumn foliage and the other is a reflection in the lower lake (more like a big pond). 

The weather is a uniform grey here today. sigh Hopefully, it is better where you are. I wish you a lovely Friday and a great start to the weekend!___

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2014-11-26 07:53:39 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Natural Split tone

No challenge needed; Monterey Bay Aquarium was kind enough to have gorgeous displays. Ok, to be honest, this may not be split tone, because that's in black and white/colorization with one color or tone for highlights and another for shadows, but it seems quite popular right now.

Complementary

It's far more accurate to say this is about complementary colors (opposite each other) on the color wheels with which I am familiar. Artists make use of them on regular basis to increase the impact of a painting by making an image or text stand out.

"There is no blue without yellow and without orange."
attributed to Van Gogh

I was happy to see this opportunity. Maybe one day I'll be able to get in for a real photo session (just photographers, tripod allowed).
This photo was shot as a tourist, so if... more »

Natural Split tone

No challenge needed; Monterey Bay Aquarium was kind enough to have gorgeous displays. Ok, to be honest, this may not be split tone, because that's in black and white/colorization with one color or tone for highlights and another for shadows, but it seems quite popular right now.

Complementary

It's far more accurate to say this is about complementary colors (opposite each other) on the color wheels with which I am familiar. Artists make use of them on regular basis to increase the impact of a painting by making an image or text stand out.

"There is no blue without yellow and without orange."
attributed to Van Gogh

I was happy to see this opportunity. Maybe one day I'll be able to get in for a real photo session (just photographers, tripod allowed).
This photo was shot as a tourist, so if you look for a similar opportunity you'll be able to see very much the same sight. Take time to find an angle that allows you to minimize the reflections (a polarizing filter helps) and be very patient for people to move to a different area.

Edit: OOOPS. missed by a factor of 10 in my notes. just checked the exif data. These were small and shot at 630 mm away. It was another tank with the big jellyfish. i messed up. 
As there is nothing in the image for a size comparison, you may be interested to know that this was a wide angle shot from about 20   feet (6 meters and change) away.  That should give you an idea of  -the size of the tank and just how long those tentacles are.

If you are in the Greater San Francisco Bay area and have a day or two to explore near there, Monterey Bay Aquarium is an absolute must visit as far as I am concerned. 

Have a wonderful Wednesday!___

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2014-11-25 07:49:01 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

short note today, because it's difficult to type when there's a cat on your desk. Have a lovely Tuesday!

pic: vacation in California (Newport Beach; 1. Sept) 

short note today, because it's difficult to type when there's a cat on your desk. Have a lovely Tuesday!

pic: vacation in California (Newport Beach; 1. Sept) ___

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2014-11-24 08:43:48 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Munich

Last week I was in Munich for a conference. After the obligatory dinner, I got a quick shot of the Rathaus (town hall). Not my best, but considering the constraints, I can live with it.

Still under the weather (cold), but I'm going to get my work done anyway. I stayed indoors almost the whole weekend, despite the beautiful sunshine. Sunday afternoon, I had a brief walk with our guests. 

I hope you had a good weekend and wish you a great start to the week! I'm looking forward to all the recipe posts from the U.S.. I'm sure there will be some interesting ones. 

Munich

Last week I was in Munich for a conference. After the obligatory dinner, I got a quick shot of the Rathaus (town hall). Not my best, but considering the constraints, I can live with it.

Still under the weather (cold), but I'm going to get my work done anyway. I stayed indoors almost the whole weekend, despite the beautiful sunshine. Sunday afternoon, I had a brief walk with our guests. 

I hope you had a good weekend and wish you a great start to the week! I'm looking forward to all the recipe posts from the U.S.. I'm sure there will be some interesting ones. ___

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2014-11-21 08:35:01 (25 comments, 3 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

At long last, Friday

The leaves are almost all gone now. Still I have the memories of their ephemeral beauty. 

I'm glad Friday rolled around for more reasons than usual this week. Hopefully, you'll have a great Friday and an even better weekend!

At long last, Friday

The leaves are almost all gone now. Still I have the memories of their ephemeral beauty. 

I'm glad Friday rolled around for more reasons than usual this week. Hopefully, you'll have a great Friday and an even better weekend!___

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2014-11-18 00:22:05 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Sunday shots, Part II

Before going into the photo information, let me wish you a great Tuesday! 

Photo stuff

As mentioned in Monday's post, I had a brief window of sunlight Sunday afternoon. After the shots at the pond, I was on my way to another part of town and saw some flowers still looking nice, so I had to stop and see how my macro worked with the AF on the 7D MkII. 

I'm quite happy. This was a sloppy one-handed shot and it's still a nice shot by my standards. I had to use my left hand to hold the flower so that it caught the light and shoot with my right hand while crouching down for the shot. The lens has no image stabilization (I thought I was being smart and saving money, but it wasn't a good decision. I should have gotten the one with IS...)  It turned out well anyway, which I attribute to the better AF and better sensorco... more »

Sunday shots, Part II

Before going into the photo information, let me wish you a great Tuesday! 

Photo stuff

As mentioned in Monday's post, I had a brief window of sunlight Sunday afternoon. After the shots at the pond, I was on my way to another part of town and saw some flowers still looking nice, so I had to stop and see how my macro worked with the AF on the 7D MkII. 

I'm quite happy. This was a sloppy one-handed shot and it's still a nice shot by my standards. I had to use my left hand to hold the flower so that it caught the light and shoot with my right hand while crouching down for the shot. The lens has no image stabilization (I thought I was being smart and saving money, but it wasn't a good decision. I should have gotten the one with IS...)  It turned out well anyway, which I attribute to the better AF and better sensor compared with my old 60D.

The three photos are actually all the same shot. The original is where you see me holding the flower. Then I cropped it a bit. Finally, I cropped it again to make the "close up" (at least it should look like one on your screen).  ___

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2014-11-17 07:56:28 (16 comments, 2 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

short window of light

This weekend was quite full. I did have a brief window of sunshine on Sunday afternoon around 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, which I could use. I decided to try and do a few different things.

Reflections were one of the things I tried along with learning to use the camera's exposure bracketing function. I learned that I really needed to underexpose compared to what my metering was telling me to get a picture that I liked. (also has to do with type of metering, in this case I was working with spot; if I had chosen a different type of the whole scene, I probably would have done better, but not learned as much)

I hope you'll have a great week! I'm not looking forward to my Monday workload, but let's get it behind us, right?. 

short window of light

This weekend was quite full. I did have a brief window of sunshine on Sunday afternoon around 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, which I could use. I decided to try and do a few different things.

Reflections were one of the things I tried along with learning to use the camera's exposure bracketing function. I learned that I really needed to underexpose compared to what my metering was telling me to get a picture that I liked. (also has to do with type of metering, in this case I was working with spot; if I had chosen a different type of the whole scene, I probably would have done better, but not learned as much)

I hope you'll have a great week! I'm not looking forward to my Monday workload, but let's get it behind us, right?. ___

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2014-11-15 18:02:39 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Late posting today. It's been one of those days where there hasn't been much free time and one or the other challenge to deal with technically, in this case power supply problems and no open computer store (when I was able to go), but I was able to find a workaround by reducing loads. I think I'll be building a new computer for Christmas, which will actually be fun. 

Anyway, I hope you're having a great day!

Enjoy a bit more of my Fall foliage collection. I hope you're not tired of it, but at the moment it's all I have to offer. With luck tomorrow will be a better day and the sun will shine for me. Maybe I'll get some new shots. 

Late posting today. It's been one of those days where there hasn't been much free time and one or the other challenge to deal with technically, in this case power supply problems and no open computer store (when I was able to go), but I was able to find a workaround by reducing loads. I think I'll be building a new computer for Christmas, which will actually be fun. 

Anyway, I hope you're having a great day!

Enjoy a bit more of my Fall foliage collection. I hope you're not tired of it, but at the moment it's all I have to offer. With luck tomorrow will be a better day and the sun will shine for me. Maybe I'll get some new shots. ___

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2014-11-13 23:59:43 (15 comments, 4 reshares, 124 +1s)Open 

Friday: Last Leaves?

It's early in the morning Friday. I got side-tracked with Internet articles... 

The colorful leaves are mostly gone from the trees where I live, so I'll need to look for new subjects during the next break in the weather.

Have a great Friday and an even better weekend!

Photo: probably the last of the Fall "leaf" series from me, although I'm thinking of making a set of 1920*1200 (or 1280) photos for people to use as wallpaper if they like. 

Friday: Last Leaves?

It's early in the morning Friday. I got side-tracked with Internet articles... 

The colorful leaves are mostly gone from the trees where I live, so I'll need to look for new subjects during the next break in the weather.

Have a great Friday and an even better weekend!

Photo: probably the last of the Fall "leaf" series from me, although I'm thinking of making a set of 1920*1200 (or 1280) photos for people to use as wallpaper if they like. ___

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2014-11-13 08:11:37 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

mid-November Thorsday

What's not to love about Thorsday? Named after a Nordic god with a simple approach to life, it's a day I can get behind.

Neutronium hammer to solve problems?   .check.
Plays with lightning like Tesla?  .check.
Enjoys a good beer?  .check.
Straightforward like an Über Ned Stark?  .check.

Actually, I like Thorsdays, because I tend to frontload the work in my week. By the time I make it to Thorsday, I'm generally wrapping up many of the tasks I set for myself and refocusing on things I think will be important. Of course, curve balls and fire drills come in, but this is more time I can direct and less of dealing with the must-dos. 

Switching gears to the weather, I still have dreary grey skies, but last weekend there were a few sunny hours on Saturday and Sunday. As you know by now, I used them toget s... more »

mid-November Thorsday

What's not to love about Thorsday? Named after a Nordic god with a simple approach to life, it's a day I can get behind.

Neutronium hammer to solve problems?   .check.
Plays with lightning like Tesla?  .check.
Enjoys a good beer?  .check.
Straightforward like an Über Ned Stark?  .check.

Actually, I like Thorsdays, because I tend to frontload the work in my week. By the time I make it to Thorsday, I'm generally wrapping up many of the tasks I set for myself and refocusing on things I think will be important. Of course, curve balls and fire drills come in, but this is more time I can direct and less of dealing with the must-dos. 

Switching gears to the weather, I still have dreary grey skies, but last weekend there were a few sunny hours on Saturday and Sunday. As you know by now, I used them to get some of the Fall foliage. This one is my favorite shot from the weekend, but really only shows up best on a large screen. I saved it for Thorsday, because it was my favorite.

Have a lovely Thorsday and a little fun along the way too! 

Photo: JPEG from the camera. I'm curious what it  will look like when I have a RAW converter. Actually, I do with DPP 4.1, so what I should say is that I'm curious what it will look like when I can get it into LR or PS. ___

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2014-11-12 08:04:06 (17 comments, 5 reshares, 164 +1s)Open 

Cherry in the Fall

My cherries (this one is decorative) delight me twice a year. In the Spring, there are myriad glorious delicate white and pink-tinged flowers. In the Fall they consistently give me some days of lovely reds, oranges and yellows. They also make me rake the yard multiple times, but there's a price for everything, right?  

I hope you'll have a great Wednesday, full of light and color. It's grey here again today, but I had some good light last weekend and can savor that. 

Photo:

this one was cropped, because I wanted to emphasize the leaf patterns. It was shot with a zoom. I wasn't carrying the macro with me that day, because I was looking for colorful trees, which I generally either took with a wide angle to get them in their entirety or more often with a telephoto, so I could stand off and isolate leaves at a flata... more »

Cherry in the Fall

My cherries (this one is decorative) delight me twice a year. In the Spring, there are myriad glorious delicate white and pink-tinged flowers. In the Fall they consistently give me some days of lovely reds, oranges and yellows. They also make me rake the yard multiple times, but there's a price for everything, right?  

I hope you'll have a great Wednesday, full of light and color. It's grey here again today, but I had some good light last weekend and can savor that. 

Photo:

this one was cropped, because I wanted to emphasize the leaf patterns. It was shot with a zoom. I wasn't carrying the macro with me that day, because I was looking for colorful trees, which I generally either took with a wide angle to get them in their entirety or more often with a telephoto, so I could stand off and isolate leaves at a flat angle. ___

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2014-11-11 07:47:15 (25 comments, 12 reshares, 462 +1s)Open 

More Fall colors

I like the fact that not all the trees change color at the same time in the Fall. It makes some really standout.

I would type more, but perhaps brevity is better, esp. since Ginger, our cat, is demanding to be petted. she seems jealous of the keyboard. must go before she nips my fingers.

Have a great Tuesday!

photo: straight out of camera JPEG. I am using it as my desktop wallpaper currently :-)

More Fall colors

I like the fact that not all the trees change color at the same time in the Fall. It makes some really standout.

I would type more, but perhaps brevity is better, esp. since Ginger, our cat, is demanding to be petted. she seems jealous of the keyboard. must go before she nips my fingers.

Have a great Tuesday!

photo: straight out of camera JPEG. I am using it as my desktop wallpaper currently :-)___

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2014-11-10 08:26:47 (19 comments, 18 reshares, 193 +1s)Open 

Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.

Marcus Aurelius

How fitting that even as a tree prepares seeds for the next Spring, its leaves have a glorious last moment in the sun.

Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.

Marcus Aurelius

How fitting that even as a tree prepares seeds for the next Spring, its leaves have a glorious last moment in the sun.___

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2014-11-09 21:36:36 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

It's been a busy weekend and only partially for things I expected to be busy with. The weather cooperated for a few hours on Saturday and Sunday, so I got out and tried things with my new toy. I'm having a lot of fun with it so far.

I hope the weekend has been kind to you and wish you a good start to the week. 

It's been a busy weekend and only partially for things I expected to be busy with. The weather cooperated for a few hours on Saturday and Sunday, so I got out and tried things with my new toy. I'm having a lot of fun with it so far.

I hope the weekend has been kind to you and wish you a good start to the week. ___

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2014-11-07 22:39:35 (37 comments, 0 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

First shots: Canon EOS 7D Mark II

tl;dr
New camera with great features for an amateur like myself. It's especially attractive for sports/wildlife, because of the excellent AF and high speed photography (10 frames per second). I'm impressed with the 7D MkII and think it's a huge step up from my previous DSLR. I have only used a few features and made a few shots, but I like the results very much. 

Introduction

Friday, October 30, I was extremely surprised that the local photo store contacted me to let me know the 7DMkII was already in. They let me have a hands on "preview" of one of the two cameras they had just gotten. I was not expecting to see this camera before the middle of November.

Due to some work obligations it wasn't until Wednesday afternoon that I could get back there and purchase the camera. I have... more »

First shots: Canon EOS 7D Mark II

tl;dr
New camera with great features for an amateur like myself. It's especially attractive for sports/wildlife, because of the excellent AF and high speed photography (10 frames per second). I'm impressed with the 7D MkII and think it's a huge step up from my previous DSLR. I have only used a few features and made a few shots, but I like the results very much. 

Introduction

Friday, October 30, I was extremely surprised that the local photo store contacted me to let me know the 7DMkII was already in. They let me have a hands on "preview" of one of the two cameras they had just gotten. I was not expecting to see this camera before the middle of November.

Due to some work obligations it wasn't until Wednesday afternoon that I could get back there and purchase the camera. I have had only a little time with it, but I thought I could share some first impressions with you.

Stepping Up

For me the Canon EOS 7D Mk II  is quite a step up from my EOS 60D. Back in 2011 when I was trying to decide between the 60D and the first generation 7D  I opted for the 60D, because I wasn't sure that I would actually use all the features of the 7D. The 60D seemed like a very good camera at a good price point and would be good enough for me. It certainly has been a fun camera. Over the years though I've slowly become aware of a few things as I shoot and try to find nice images to share on GPlus. I began to notice limitations and wishing I could do a few things differently. The past year I've held off on getting a new camera, because there were rumors of a 7D MkII coming out. If it hadn't, I probably would have stepped up to a 6D or maybe even a 5D MkIII

What makes the 7D MkII attractive to me?

1. it's APS-C. I'm not tied to my APS-C lenses, although I do like the EFS 10-22mm. I would take a bit of a loss moving to Full Format (FF), but the main consideration for me is the great reach the APS-C crop gives me. When I put on the EF 100-400 mm zoom to go and photograph raptors, I get an effective focal length of up to 640 mm thanks to the 1.6x crop factor vs. FF.

2. The Auto Focus system had 65 cross points. It's phenomenal and a world of difference to anything I've ever used before. Quick, crisp, precise. It's still easy to pick the wrong part of the picture to focus on,  but it's also easy to find just that one spot you want to get. 

3. Auto Focus for raptors. I am told, but have not yet tried it out, that the camera has excellent tracking for birds in flight. I'm eager to use this feature once I know what I'm doing in the various modes.

4. Up to 10 frame/sec. I think I'll have some nice pictures of raptors if I use this and the auto focus well. 

5. Dual memory cards. One is CF and one is SD. I like this a lot. I'm putting the RAW files on the CF and JPEG on the SD card in parallel. 

6. the shutter. This may sound odd, but the shutter, while not silent is a lot quieter. I like that a lot. It also feels lighter/more responsive. I can't explain that, because we're talking about me as a human holding a few kilos of camera and lens and claiming to notice a difference, but it still feels different to me even if I can't quantify it. 

7. Better chip. It's a new generation chip with dual pixels. I think that gives an advantage to people using it for filming, but it also makes a difference in the AF for stills. At least I'm attributing a lot of the focus improvement to that.

8. Better ISO. I wouldn't dream of pushing my 60D past ISO 1600. Usually I would limit it to 800 max. Just too noisy. The 7DMkII is advertised as better and I will agree from what I've seen. It's not going to be the equal of a 6D (Full Format), which is probably the best in terms of noise in Canon's lineup and certainly the Sony sensors are even better, but it's good enough. I can think about 1600 or maybe even 3200 with this camera.

9. Build quality. This thing is a tank. I was skeptical about the 4x better weather-proofing until I saw a teardown of the camera. I'm not worried about being out in the elements with this baby. Also, the shutter is rated for 200000 shots, which is 1/3 more than the 60D. 


Cons

Not many for me really, but I'll list a few from my perspective.

1. No WiFi. Not don't get me wrong! I don't want WiFi to transfer my files. What I would like though is for the camera to come with WiFi or at least BlueTooth, so that I could control it from my mobile phone. I have a scenario where I like to setup a tripod and put the camera on it to take long exposure star photos. I might expose for 15 or 30 seconds. It would be nice to not touch the camera at all for fine focusing. The Live View mode with 5x magnification is great (at least on the 60D. I assume so here too). I can use a remote and self-timer, but I don't like having to touch the camera to review and adjust. Thus Wifi plus an application on my laptop or on my mobile phone would be ideal. There is a WiFi add-on, but it is outrageously priced.

2.  I get that Canon opted for a fixed no-touch display in order to make it more rugged, but I really liked my articulated display on the 60D. I could take some shots at odd angles and use the live view mode to focus on the display (I normally use the optical viewfinder). When I'm in star-shooting mode, I'm going to have some awkward angles for my neck since this screen is fixed.... 

3. the price. It's pretty steep for someone who shoots as a hobby, but I'm sure it will come down. I didn't have to be an early adopter. For me this camera was a no-brainer, but I still would have liked it for a couple of hundred less. On the other hand, I'm getting a lot for the money. It's a fair deal as far as I'm concerned, but not one everyone will be comfortable with. That's where either the 6D (FF) or the 70D (APS-C) are attractive alternatives. 

4. For now, I can't use Adobe products to work on the RAW files. I did briefly look into the Digital Photo Professional software from Canon. You can open the RAW files and transfer them into Adobe as a TIFF, so it works, but it's not my desired "workflow". I don't particularly care for DPP, but for a few weeks I may work with it. 

5. It's still noisy. Very much improved over the 60D, but not as much as I had hoped. If you're serious about portraits, studio, product photography then you probably have to go Full Format in the Canon line-up. The 6D is good. Sony chips (in Nikon and Sony alphas) are even better in this regard. 

About the Photos

You're getting straight-out-of-the-camera (SooC) JPEGs. I believe I uploaded them at full size ( need to check EDIT. I did upload them with Google's default limit of 2048 x 1365 on.). My apologies to mobile users. I usually downsize so the load times are reasonable, but for purposes of sharing samples, I need to show these AS SHOT. 

I have only stepped in and taken control of exposures one or two times in these shots. Partly, that's because I'm not that familiar with all the controls (there is a learning curve coming from the 60D), but it's also deliberate. I want to understand how this camera reacts to different conditions before I start to override.

Lenses used:

1. a few shots with my EF 50 mm 1.4 lens. 
2. everything else with the EFS 18-135 mm IS (not STM), which I got as a kit lens with the 60D.

ISO ranges in the shots are anywhere from 100 all the way up to 6400. I wouldn't use the high ISO, because they are too noisy still, but they are ok for "snapshots".  

Other features of note

I haven't touched on some items that I think are attractive features of the camera. They don't deserve paragraphs, but I like them. 

1. Better metering 
2. Dual Digic 6 chips. I think this is the most processing power Canon has put into one of it's DSLRs. It shows. The camera is always there. I don't wait with this one. 
3. Intervalvometer. This one excites me. I think I may actually do something creative with this feature. 
4. GPS. Not an important feature for me, but who knows? I might be glad to use it to track where I shot photos while on vacation. 
5. Battery compatibility with the older LPE6 batteries like my 60D uses. 
6. Control layout. I especially like the depth-of-field preview button placement, but also the different control dials and the toggle. Very good ergonomics as far as I'm concerned.

Conclusion

Keep the reviewer's use case in mind. I'm an amateur. I tend to take a lot of outdoor shots: landscapes, buildings, wildlife. This camera is especially exciting to me for the possibilities it offers me when photographing birds in flight, but I think it's quite solid in other use cases too. 

This camera is great at what it does, but it's not a substitute for full format in certain aspects: noise, depth of field, bokeh, etc. The APS-C crop factor of the 7DMkII is excellent for me and my use cases though. 

Would I recommend this camera? Absolutely. I'm delighted with it. I do think there are a few good alternatives to look at though.

If you're looking at Canon cameras and thinking full frame then the 6D looks like an excellent choice for advanced amateurs or even pros. If you're in APS-C then the 70D is a lot of camera at a good price. It's the follow-on model to the 60D, which I used for years and can highly recommend for most amateurs like myself.  There are also excellent cameras by Sony and Nikon and others worth consideration as well, but since I've only used Canon and Minolta (sadly gone, although one could argue they live on in Sony camera), I'll stick to only writing about the Canon models.

Thanks for reading this far. As you can tell, I'm excited about the camera. I look forward to your comments.  


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